There’s a big step up from county cricket to Test cricket, which means there’s a big step down when you get dropped. Ravi Bopara’s returned to Essex and has promptly made 201 against Surrey.
Essex play in the second division, so it’s no so much a step down as a jump. It’s a good job players are keen to cling onto their Test players by their fingertips as it means there isn’t as far to fall.
The Surrey bowling attack conquered by Ravi Bopara
If Bopara was quaking in his boots, it would only be from damage to his knees after falling so far.
If there were a third as many first-class teams, the bowling attacks would be three times as good and the gap wouldn’t be so great.